Jimmy Butler proved himself a valuable asset to Philly this postseason, becoming the teams closer, and go-to scorer when they needed it most. At 29-years-old, he will be among the few names worthy of a max contract this summer, and teams will be lining up in pursuit.
The Sixers would love to keep him — and it is hard to see a scenario in which he leaves if they offer him the full 5-year max.
But if talks break down, or the scene changes, do not be surprised if Butler ends up on the move. And yes, according to Stephen A Smith, the Rockets may be a real possibility for the 4x All-Star.
Houston is reportedly in play as a free agent destination for Jimmy Butler, per @stephenasmith
James Harden and Jimmy Butler have been communicating ‘tremendously’ pic.twitter.com/HjsaVAZfqm
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) June 17, 2019
The news of Chris Paul’s unhappiness with the Rockets means big changes are coming for the franchise. It will likely take a lot to move Paul’s insane max deal, but they might be able to clear some room in a long-shot scenario for Jimmy Butler if they pull their cards right.
Ideally, a Butler/Harden duo would fix some of Houston’s defensive problems while allowing Harden to gain full and complete control over the offense. It is risky and still very unlikely, but a possibility nonetheless.
Either way, if the Rockets are to fix the mess they find themselves in, they cannot rule anything out.